Robin Williams’ long filmography has more than its share of high-profile roles—but IMDb lists 102 total acting credits stretching all the way back to 1977. (That first one? A pair of parts in something called Can I Do It ‘Till I Need Glasses?, which the site describes as “a comedy are comprised [sic] of short sexually suggestive skits.”) Williams’ triumphs (Good Will Hunting) and failures (Popeye) are well-known, but it’s worth digging through some of his less-heralded work to find the occasional gem.
1. Insomnia (2002)
Williams had been an animated Disney character, a silly cross-dressing nanny, Peter Pan, and an Oscar-winner before he accepted his first truly vile role. In Christopher Nolan’s psychological thriller, he plays a creepy killer who’s itching to take credit for his gruesome deeds, and his mano-a-mano with Al Pacino’s sleep-deprived L.A. cop becomes part of his sadistic game. Williams would follow up Insomnia with One Hour Photo, another unnerving performance that challenged audiences, but it was Insomnia that demonstrated how Williams could play the face of evil in the clear light of day. READ FULL STORY